Calif. freeze spells cold, hard reality of price hikes

Calif. freeze spells cold, hard reality of price hikes

LOS ANGELES —Restaurant operators across the country are bracing for what may be several more months of recently elevated produce prices linked to record low temperatures in California over several nights in January that hit farmers with an estimated $1 billion in damage to winter crops.

As of presstime, growers and suppliers were saying it would take several weeks to fully assess the impact of the freeze, which took its t

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